STATE OF CALIFORNIA (proposed legislation)
CITY OF ARCATA (Anti-GE)
Passed: Board of Supervisors 4 For; 0 Against (November 17, 2004)
CITY OF POINT ARENA (Anti-GE)
Ordinance Passed (May 25, 2005)
H.R. 5266 (pending)
To provide additional protections for farmers and ranchers that may be harmed economically by genetically engineered seeds, plants, or animals, to ensure fairness for farmers and ranchers in their dealings with biotech companies that sell genetically engineered seeds, plants, or animals, and for other purposes.
H.R. 5267 (pending)
To prohibit the open-air cultivation of genetically engineered pharmaceutical and industrial crops, to prohibit the use of common human food or animal feed as the host plant for a genetically engineered pharmaceutical or industrial chemical, to establish a tracking system to regulate the growing, handling, transportation, and disposal of pharmaceutical and industrial crops and their byproducts to prevent human, animal, and general environmental exposure to genetically engineered pharmaceutical and industrial crops and their byproducts, and for other purposes.
H.R. 5269 (pending)
To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the Federal Meat Inspection Act, and the Poultry Products Inspection Act to require that food that contains a genetically engineered material, or that is produced with a genetically engineered material, be labeled accordingly.
H.R. 5270 (pending)
To ensure that efforts to address world hunger through the use of genetically engineered animals and crops actually help developing countries and peoples while protecting human health and the environment, and for other purposes.
Status of U.S. Seed & Plant Laws
Environmental Commons website
Bill regulating sale and labeling of seed (HB 671)
Senate bill regulating sale and labeling of seed
SB179 - allows seed patent holders to enter private property to take crop samples to determine seed infringement | SB152 - allows state Department of Agriculture to adopt rules governing sale, storage and transportation of seed
Bill regarding liability from use of GE seeds and plant parts (passed by the Senate April 2005, to be voted on by the House in January) | GE-Free Vermont website | BIO Statement: Vermont House of Representatives Affirms Protection for Farmers, 1/4/06 | S.18 - liability resulting from the use of genetically engineered seeds and plant parts (vetoed by Governor Douglas on 5/15/06)
Decree regarding GMO labeling requirements
For information from a June, 2004 workshop on county ordinances in California, please click here.